Weekly CANTER WISHLIST: Big bay edition

Who doesn’t love a tall, dark, handsome OTTB? Here are Kaitlyn Jansen’s top five adoptable ex-racers–get your checkbooks ready!

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Carry on Hawkeye

Stats: 5-y/o Bay gelding, 15.3 hands

Location: Grantville, PA

Description: Sweetest disposition! After only 15 career starts, this guy is ready to start a new life. He has a smooth, even gait and a beautiful build that would be an asset in any discipline. An easygoing, friendly boy who has no known issues and is eager to please; this guy would be an awesome amateur project. “Hawkeye” is very well-mannered under saddle would be great choice for hunters, eventing and anything in between. The volunteer who took this guy’s listing fell in love instantly with this sweet boy… and so will you!

Price: $800

Contact: Heather O’Hern, (410)241-1971


Stats: 3- y/o bay gelding, 16.1+ hands

Location: Grantville, PA

Description: Talk about a HUNK and a half! A big-bodied, clean prospect with only three starts, this guy is retiring sound with next to no wear or tear! With a very harmonious, athletic build, we expect this guy to go far and possibly be an upper level prospect. Kind and easy to be around, we’re told he’s good to handle and appears to have a great foundation to build on. A long-strided mover, we think eventers would really like this guy, but he’s so darn fancy we could see dressage, jumpers and fox hunters really appreciating this one. Very impressive!

Price: $1500

Contact: Bob Jeanotte, (513)515-6898

Big AJ

Stats: 5-y/o bay gelding, 16.0+ hands

Location: Pipersville, PA

Description: Superior event or dressage prospect! An ideal dressage type mover, this guy doesn’t only have tremendous suspension; he naturally travels in self-carriage. Athletic and light, we could see this horse also excel as an event prospect. With a very cute face and expression, this guy seems like an all-star prospect! Please note, “AJ” does have old freeze fire marks on the inside of both his front and hind legs; purely superficial, they should never affect him in any future career. Video footage of this horse walk/trot/cantering is available upon request. VERY FANCY!

Price: $2,400

Contact: Mark Bliss, (267)221-5292, [email protected]


Stats: 4-y/o bay gelding, 16.1+ hands

Location: Littlestown, PA

Description: STUNNING!!! It is hard to find fault with this guy; he has a classic thoroughbred build with great angles to both his shoulder and hind end, combined with a very harmonious build. We really couldn’t contain ourselves when looking at this one, he just exudes power and impresses as the type to really cover ground in style. Attractive for any discipline, we could see this one as an upper level prospect! A pleasant guy, Pahinui seemed to be a very clever boy and probably the type to enjoy challenges. If that wasn’t enough to impress you, this guy is a homebred, so you’ll get his entire history. Low mileage, this guy is a great find!

Price: $2,499

Contact: Judy Barrett, (717)744-8302

Grif’s Corner

Stats: 6-y/o Bay mare, 16 hands

Location: New England Area

Description: “Grif” is an attractive, intelligent mare with loads of potential—she’s just waiting for the right person! Grif’s foster mom reports that she’s excellent to work with and really excels when she bonds with her human; once she knows that you have her back she’s willing to do just about anything! In fact, her foster home thinks she’d do best with a person who really wants to “do stuff” with their horse—she loves trail rides as well as working in the ring. In fact, it’s clear that once Grif finds her person she’s really ready to go places.

Grif has had quite few months of classical dressage training under her belt, and she’s proving to be an apt pupil and always does her best to do what her rider wants her to. She has beautiful gaits and possesses a ground-covering four-beat walk that is very comfortable to sit to and a nice forward way of going. It’s clear that Grif will be most comfortable as a dressage horse, and her potential is really limitless with a calm, confident, and soft rider who can act as a leader and show her the way.

Curious and brave, Grif’s foster mom describes her as “beautiful inside and out” with all the qualities that special mares naturally possess. Don’t miss out on the chance to have this great mare in your life!

Price: $1,000

Contact: [email protected]

All listings republished with permission from CANTER.

The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) provides retiring thoroughbred racehorses with opportunities for new careers. View all listings at www.canterusa.org.

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